HUSKY EXPRESS February 29, 2016


 Administration Corner 

  Head of School   

Hiring Update - We would like to introduce our two newly hired teachers for next school year, Ian Aseltine (Science) and Laura Harmon (History / Language Arts). The HIS community will also be welcoming back Mr. Yutaka Sugino, which we are very excited about.

 Where are they now? 

Krems University of Applied Sciences -- Last week I was able to catch up with Enrique Lopez (graduated 2015) to hear about his first year of university. Enrique has had a really good first half of the school year and continues to be pleased that he selected this program.. With the application of sciences in focus, Enrique finds that he spends most of his time working in teams to problem solve, so feels that the HIS approach to learning and instruction was well-suited to preparing him. His program ensures small groups and close contact with peers and teachers, which is also somewhat HIS-like.

Enrique enjoys dorm life and he has found his friends among the international students who also attend Krems. He would like to improve his German but since his program is in English and he is consistently busy, it has been hard to find the time.

We wish Enrique the best as he returns to Germany for round two of the school year.


  From the Principal’s Office  

Upcoming External Examinations:
End of March 28 - April 15:  Following Spring break, students in grades 4 to 11 will be sitting MAP tests.  A full explanation of these tests will be sent home soon.
May 2 - 13: AP Exams (regular testing period)
May 7: SAT Exams -- Note: This will be the redesigned SAT.  Please see a summary of changes in the following College Board produced presentation:
As well, here is a direct PDF link to the information packet I was distributing last month:
May 18 - 20: AP Exams (late testing period)
June 4:SAT Exams
Spring Bazaar:
The next Spring Bazaar organizing committee meeting is on March 15th  at 2:00 in the teacher’s lounge.
All parents are welcome!
The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Parent Coffee Time Reminder - Daily 2:30-3:30 in the Teacher Lounge (Room 206)
Starting Monday, February 8th, the PTA will be providing coffee and tea in the teacher’s lounge (Room 206) from 2:30 - 3:30 each day.  We encourage parents who wish to meet each other to come early and relax in warmth and comfort with a hot drink.


 @ Niseko 

2016 Summer School at HISNiseko Schedule:
The theme for the summer will be How Learners Learn. Each week will focus on a specific inquiry.

  • Week 1: About different methods of teaching and how we like to learn
  • Week 2: How information gets into the brain
  • Week 3: How relaxation can help prepare us for learning
  • Week 4: How positive thinking can help us to succeed

Summer Courses 2016 (applications start on April 1)

  • Week 1 July 25 (Mon) to July 29 (Fri)
  • Week 2 Aug 1 (Mon) to August 5 (Fri))
  • Week 3 Aug 8 (Mon) to August 12 (Fri))
  • Week 4 August 15 (Mon) to August 19 (Fri)

Please check here for further updates.

PTA Meeting- March 4th at 9:20
Our agenda for our next PTA Meeting is:

  • Steps to Successful Gardening Workdays
  • The significance and development of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Any Other Business

Movie Night, Part Deux
On March 4th, HISNiseko will open its doors yet again for our second Movie Night. We will start our movie at 6:30 PM. (Please note the new time) All in the HISNiseko community are welcome to view the animated film, Inside Out from the creative minds at Pixar.

Barry Mernin
Teacher Administrator HIS Niseko

 After School Japanese (ASJapanaese)


Japanese Classes Currently Available! 生徒募集中

HIS has begun offering after school Japanese Language lessons. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 PM in Room204.
Seats are currently available for native or near-native Japanese speakers, from MP3 - High School.
For program information and applications, please contact the program director at


お問い合わせは: まで。皆さんのご応募をお待ちしております。


Good luck to the MS girls basketball team who travel to Kobe this Thursday for a tournament on Friday and Saturday. A special thanks to karen Katayama for volunteering to chaperone.

Community Basketball will continue to be from 5-7 pm every week. All welcome providing you have returned your uniforms to your managers ?

Go Huskies !

 Husky Hugs 

Husky Hugs go out t

  • Dan Adams - who made all the arrangements for two wonderful days of skiing at Fu’s.
  • Volunteer Parents - who came out to help support the ski days at Fu’s and for those who will be joining us next week.
  • Secondary Students & Teachers - for the their participation in Ski Days.  


 Elementary Activities 

Great to see so many kids enjoying the After School Activities … It`s a great experience for all !
Mr Katayama started `drumming` last Friday and is keen for anyone else to sign up who wants to try and make some beats !

 Husky Calendar 

Want to see more upcoming events?  Check out the newly updated calendar on the school website.


HIS Elementary Concert “MUSICing” 

Thursday March 17th at 6:30pm
Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan (札幌市教育文化会館)
Concert-related Schedule for the next 3 weeks
March 7-11: Tickets on Pre-Sale (limited to the Elementary families) *”Ticket Order Form” will be emailed to all EL parents soon.
March 8: Rehearsal in HIS gym (12:35-2:00pm)
March 9: Students bring all necessary clothes to school (Please see "Dress Code Information")
March 11: Rehearsal in HIS gym (12:35-3:30pm)
March 15-17: Tickets on Sale @HIS Office
March 17: MUSICing (6:30pm)

Transportation to Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan
教育文化会館行きのバス 予約開始

Transportation to Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan will be provided on Thursday March 17th for those students and families who need it.
School bus will leave HIS at 5:30pm and arrive at Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan at 6pm.
If you would like to reserve seats on school bus, please email Ms. Kumagai ( by Friday March 11th.
Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Milepost
  • How many seats do you wish to reserve?

*This is on a first-come, first served basis.
*Please be on time. The bus will not wait for those people who are late.

 Outdoor Leadership 

AdHOC snowshoed across forested ridges and bright meadows on their way to the steep jutting of Sankyaku-yama on the Toishiyama trail. Trekkers ranged from sixth graders to twelfth grade, with even an alumni joinning in. Next AdHOC trip is the Yoichi-dake climb on April 23rd.

 Upcoming Events 


Mar 3 - 4 Jozankei Overnight (HS)
Mar 3 - 6 MS Girls Basketball Tourney
Mar 10 - 11 Takino Overnight (MS)
Mar 12 - 21 Junior Class Service Trip
Mar 17 Elementary Concert
Mar 19 - 27 Spring Break (no school)
Mar 28 School Resumes

April 8 End of Quarter 3
April 16 Spring Bazaar
April 22 Sports Award Banquet
April 28 Drama Performance
April 29 Parent Teacher Student Conferences / Teacher PD (no school)

 From PTA 

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help organize for the upcoming Spring Bazaar.

The next Spring Bazaar organizing committee meeting is on March 15th  at 2:00 in the teacher’s lounge.

Please lend a hand to help make this year's event as successful and fun as last year's.

We hope to see you there!

The next PTA Steering Committee will meet in the teacher's lounge on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Please note, all Steering Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Any parent is welcome to attend, and please let Atsuko and Neil know if you would like to become a regular (and voting) member of the committee.

 Husky Lunch 

Please check HERE for viewable and downloadable versions of the Husky Lunch Menu for February 29 - March 4 !

 After School Music Lessons 


HIS offers after school violin, piano & keyboard  lessons with  professional musicians. Lessons are held Mon-Thurs. & are available in English & / or Japanese. If interested, please contact Alison Manjyoume, MP3 Teacher, Room 205 for an application or email

HISでは放課後にプロの先生によるバイオリン、ピアノ、キーボードのレッスンをご提供しています。レッスンは英語または日本語で、毎週月曜〜水曜日に行われます。まだ空きがありますので、ご興味のある方はMP3、ルーム205のAlison Manjyoume(アリソン万城目)までメールでご連絡ください。

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